Transformative Technologies & Their Effects on Work & Society

  • Thursday, September 24, 2020
  • Thursday, November 12, 2020
  • 8 sessions
  • Thursday, September 24, 2020, 1:30 PM 3:00 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, October 01, 2020, 1:30 PM 3:00 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, October 08, 2020, 1:30 PM 3:00 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, October 15, 2020, 1:30 PM 3:00 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, October 22, 2020, 1:30 PM 3:00 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, October 29, 2020, 1:30 PM 3:00 PM (EDT)
  • Thursday, November 05, 2020, 1:30 PM 3:00 PM (EST)
  • Thursday, November 12, 2020, 1:30 PM 3:00 PM (EST)
  • Online


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Left to right: Professor Antony Haynes; Senator Adam Hinds; Alexis Wichowski; Ethan Zuckerman.

Transformative Technologies and
Their Effects on Work & Society

Thursdays, September 24 - November 12, 2020
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm EDT via Zoom

Live & on demand: watch when convenient for you!

New technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, machine learning and robotics are having a major impact on the nature of work, labor markets, education, training, economic development and many other sectors across society. Harnessing these technologies for the development of the Berkshires and other rural communities across America is critical to our region’s future.

OLLI at Berkshire Community College, in collaboration with the Berkshire Innovation Center, 1Berkshire, Williams College, the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and Bard College at Simon's Rock, presents an eight week webinar series exploring the advent of new technologies and their effects on work and society, especially in rural regions such as the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. The series may be watched live or on demand at a time convenient to you.

Sessions will include lectures, moderated panel discussion and participant Q&A, led by national and regional thought leaders in the subject area. Click here for resources for further reading.

Session One, September 24 - Where Are We Now and How Did We Get Here?

Elisabeth Reynolds | Director of the Center on the Work of the Future at MIT
Stephen Boyd | CEO of Boyd Technologies and Board Chair of the Berkshire Innovation Center

Session Two, October 1 - How Different Countries Respond to New Technologies

Moderator: James Rosenstein | JSR International Consulting

Professor Henric Johnson | Counselor for Science and Innovation at the Swedish Embassy in Washington DC
MA State Senator Eric Lesser | co-author of The Future of Work: Policy Proposals for the Modern Economy
Dr. Hyeon Yeo | Professor, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
Yehlin Cho | KAIST Representative of Young Engineers Honor Society

Session Three, October 8 - Enabling Infrastructure in the U.S. to Deliver Technology Solutions

Speaker: Matthew Dunne | Founder and Executive Director of the Center of Rural Innovation
: Massachusetts State Senator Adam Hinds

Rep. Smitty Pignatelli | State Representative for Southern Berkshire County

Jonathan Butler | CEO, 1Berkshire

Jim Lovejoy | Selectman, Mt. Washington, MA
Barbara Malkas | Superintendent of Schools, North Adams, Mass.

Session Four, October 15 - The Future of Smart Manufacturing

Speaker: Farhad Vazehgoo | Acting Director, Advanced Manufacturing Programs, MassTech

Moderator: Douglas Crane | Founder and Managing Principal, New Dalton Group

Jeffrey Morse | Roll-to-Roll Fabrication Director, UMASS Amherst Institute for Applied Life Sciences

Justin McKennon | Principal Scientist, Electro Magnetic Applications
Brianna Schaeffer | Vice President of Program Development, Boyd Technologies

Session Five, October 22 - The Future of Education

Speaker: Carla Meskill | Professor of Educational Technology, SUNY Albany

Moderator: Ellen Kennedy | President of Berkshire Community College


Tyler DeWitt | Online Educator
Maud Mandel | President of Williams College
Jake Eberwein | Berkshire County Educational Task Force

Session Six, October 29 - The Future of Healthcare

Speaker:  Michael Miller, MD | Health Care and Life Sciences Policy Consultant

Moderator:  Gordon Josephson, MD


Christopher D. Sprowl, MD | Interim Medical Director, Community Health Programs
William Young | Chief Information Officer at Berkshire Health Systems

Joe Diver | Director of Digital Transformation at Baystate Health

Session Seven, November 5 - The Societal Impact of These Technologies

Speaker – Alexis Wichowski | Deputy Chief Technology Officer, NYC and author of The Information Trade

Moderator – Gerol Petruzella | MCLA Professor and Associate Director of Academic Technology

Antony Haynes | Director of Cybersecurity and Privacy Law, Albany Law School
Ethan Zuckerman | Director of the Institute for Digital Public Infrastructure at UMass Amherst and author of Rewire and Digital Cosmopolitans
Nicholas Carr | author

Session Eight, November 12 - Where Do We Go From Here?

Speaker - Jim Fallows and Deborah Fallows | co-author of Our Towns    
Moderator - Ben Lamb | 1Berkshire


Laura Brennan | Senior Planner, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission
Ben Sosne | Executive Director, Berkshire Innovation Center
Carrie Holland | Operations, Strategy, and Project Execution Lead, Mill Town Capital

Registration for the full series is $80 for 1Berkshire and Berkshire Innovation Center members, and $110 for the general public (includes a one year OLLI at BCC membership.) 

Registration is free for students, staff and faculty at Berkshire Community College, Williams College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and Bard College at Simon's Rock, as well as for WIC, EBT/SNAP and ConnectorCare card holders.

OLLI at BCC members should register via the Fall semester registration form found here.

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